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Windows Server 2003 end of life: Plan your WS2012 migration now

Extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends on 14 July 2015, so you need to plan your migration now. The Reg has worked with Microsoft, Intel and HP to create a Regcast to guide you through the steps to help you make the best migration decisions for your business. No registration is required. Migrating to the latest version of …
David Gordon, 27 Jun 2014
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Flash to the Max: HGST, NEC ink SQL Server appliance deal

Japanese server maker NEC's Express5800 servers will soon use HGST FlashMax PCIe flash cards via a reference architecture deal. HGST, a WD company, obtained this product line and technology when Western Digital bought Virident in 2013 for $685m. The servers, said to be intended for the enterprise scale-out server market, will …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2014

Watch this: An introduction to Microsoft BizTalk Server

Youtube Video This is a quick walk-through of the capabilities of BizTalk, Microsoft's integration server. See how to use BizTalk to pass messages between disparate applications, and look at the range of services it offers, from business process management to Enterprise Service Bus capabilities. The Register is broadcasting a …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014

Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

Microsoft has issued a new “rollup” of enhancements and fixes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The new rollup is the third for the OS and, as is described here, offers downloads for more than 40 issues. Perhaps the most notable addition is the Office 365 management pack, as it gives Windows Server admins the chance to “monitor the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014

Microsoft says 'weird things' can happen during Windows Server 2003 migrations

Microsoft has started issuing increasingly stern warnings to move from the soon-to-be-unsupported Windows Server 2003, but has also just found an obstacle to migrations away from the operating system. The problem manifests when users run Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2012 R2 domain controllers serving the same domain. …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jul 2014
Mac OS X at ten

Watch this! How to use OS X Server for mobile device management

Youtube Video In this 75-minute webinar, QA's Scott Hayes looks at Apple's OS X Mavericks and OS X Server as a mobile Device Management solution for iOS and OS X devices. Learn how to deploy profiles to an iPad, iPhone or Mac using OS X Server on OS X Mavericks and Apple Push Notification Service. The Register is broadcasting a …
David Gordon, 24 May 2014
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Server sales show signs of slight surge

Server sales continue to rise, according to IDC's new Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, which suggests the long-term outlook for servers might even be half-way decent. The market-watcher says “factory revenue in the worldwide server market increased 2.5% year over year to US$12.6 billion in the second quarter of 2014 (2Q14 …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Aug 2014

Microsoft poised to take Web server crown from Apache

Brace yourself for an almighty burst of self-congratulation from Microsoft, which is poised to take the crown for the world's most-used Web server. So says Netcraft's new monthly report on the state of the web, which offers the following data: Developer May 2014 Percent June 2014 Percent Change Apache 366,262,346 37.56% …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jun 2014
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Hit the Nytro: LSI's PCIe cards now even faster with SQL Server 2014, says firm after upgrade

Chip-making chappies LSI have added some go-faster SQL 2014 juice to their Nytro PCIe server flash cards. SQL Server 2014 can run in-memory; LSI's updated Nytro cards provide a server with PCIe-connected flash. SQL 2014 has a Buffer Pool Extension feature which puts an, erm, buffer pool extension into flash memory where it …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2014
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Violin, Microsoft slip Windows, SQL Server, apps, flash into box

Violin Memory has turned its converged server-storage 6000-series flash array into an engine for SQL Server which is capable of putting data directly into an app server's memory – thanks to a little help from Microsoft. The 6000-series all-flash array runs Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 on two integral blade servers. It connects …
Chris Mellor, 22 Apr 2014
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage. Its ioMemory product can run the in-memory flavour of SQL Server and deliver, Fusion claims, ”up to 4x improvements in transactions per second and a significant reduction in data latencies in …
Chris Mellor, 16 Apr 2014
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China clears Lenovo's slurp of IBM server biz

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce has finally approved Lenovo’s $2.3bn deal to buy Big Blue’s server biz, according to Reuters. The country’s anti-monopoly bureau has taken its time over the decision and the US authorities have yet to rule on the acquisition, but Lenovo has said it expects the deal to close this year. Chief exec …
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Virty server bones thrown: Gartner mages see Microsoft rising

Gartner’s server virtualisation magic quadrant shows virtualisation juggernaut VMware sitting at the top of the pack for the fifth year running, with Citrix down in the niche player dumps along with Red Hat. There are just two suppliers in the leader’s quadrant: VMware and Microsoft. Oracle is the only challenger and that by a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jul 2014

Find out what's new in SQL Server 2014

Our live one hour training session highlighting the new developments in SQL Server 2014 is beaming onto your screens at 10:00GMT today. It’s free to attend. The training will showcase and introduce the new features of SQL Server 2014, by delivering a series of hands on demonstrations around in-memory performance, high …
David Gordon, 12 Dec 2013
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Red Hat rallies hardware makers with 64-bit ARM server partner program

Red Hat has upped its commitment to support servers based on the ARM processor architecture, with the formation of a new partner program specifically for vendors of 64-bit ARM hardware for the data center. The Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program is aimed at both chipmakers and server builders, and its early members include …
Neil McAllister, 30 Jul 2014
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Should NBN Co squeeze a server into FTTN nodes?

Last week, Dell revealed an item of interest in the form of the PowerEdge R420xr, a shortened and ruggedised version of its PowerEdge R420 intended for use in the field by telcos. Dell launched the device at CommunicAsia, the region's annual telco-fest, with a pitch that it is small enough to fit into base stations (hence the …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014
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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

Any switched-on channel type or IT manager will have this deadline hard wired in their cerebral cortex, but for those in need of an early morning jumpstart - support for Windows Server 2003 ends a year from today. On 14 July 2015, Microsoft pulls extended support for the server operating system; it will no longer issue free …
Paul Kunert, 14 Jul 2014
Protonet win

German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

Cheers and laughter could be heard late last night through the walls of a small Hamburg office as staff celebrated an unlikely win; their punt to build a NSA-subverting server that encrypts everything a small business might do in the office had made bank with a record-breaking $US1 million in crowdfunding sourced in 89 mins. The …
Darren Pauli, 05 Jun 2014
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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

Microsoft has posted some unusual advice for those considering the removal of the .Net Framework from Windows Server. The advice is notable because the authors say the side-effects of removing .Net have become “an issue that we are seeing increasingly being reported in support.” The side-effects are likely to be severe, because …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014

Linode busts up Digital Ocean with price-matching speedy server

The world's ferocious appetite for gadgets and computers has worked its magic again, driving storage prices down enough for Linux hoster Linode to cut the price of its servers, making it competitive with young rival Digital Ocean. The 11-year old company announced on its birthday that it was adding a new server class to its …
Jack Clark, 16 Jun 2014
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Nakivo: Yet another VMware server backup biz going bananas

Thirty-month-old startup Nakivo has erupted into view as an alternative to Veeam for VMware server backup, claiming more than 3,000 customers and a triple-digit growth rate. Nakivo Backup & Replication provides VMware server backup and replication to the SMB market with disaster recovery and business continuity features. It has …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jul 2014
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Microsoft squashes Exchange Server bug

Redmond has issued a patch for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 to cure a bug that borked its backups. The sleep-wrecking (for sys admins, anyhow) bug tipped backups into a bucket, whether using Windows Server Backup or third party products, according to this Knowledge Base article. The backup crashes would report problems with “ …
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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

BlackBerry has given users another reason to throw out their BlackBerry servers – by putting BES10 into the cloud as a hosted service. It's a long-overdue move, allowing existing BlackBerry sites to set up and manage the first-rate MDM and secure communications services offered BlackBerry via the web, rather than maintaining in- …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Jul 2014
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Om Nom Nom Nom: AWS to eat Windows Server 2012 VMs

Amazon Web Services' has added yet another feature, this time unveiling the ability to import and export Windows Server 2012 images to EC2. AWS says it “will provide the appropriate Microsoft Windows Server license key for the imported image” and that “Your on-premises key will not be used in the cloud and you are free to use it …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2014
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Hey cloud providers, HP wants your server biz back: Here's one we made earlier in Far East

HP is fighting back against the Far East ODMs that are eating into server shipments by inking a deal with Foxconn to build a price conscious box in high volumes for the largest cloudy firms. Such is the growth of the white box server market - including offerings from Quanta Computer, Wistron, Inventec and Compal Electronics - …
Paul Kunert, 30 Apr 2014

Hey IBM – Lenovo here. Sort your server factory strike out, will you?

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has shrugged its shoulders at a strike in a server factory in China, saying that it's up to IBM to sort out the dispute before its server business transfers to Lenovo later this year. Yet Lenovo has said that it will keep the same salaries and benefits in place for Big Blue employees moving across. More …

Chinese 'linkfarms' propel Microsoft to web server crown

Netcraft has updated its analysis of web server market share and found that Microsoft is now the world's dominant provider of such software, albeit with plenty of caveats. The traffic-watching firm says Apache is the leader in terms of active sites, with 91 million compared to Microsoft's 21 million. But Microsoft is all over …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Aug 2014

EA games web server was hosting PHISHING SITE – securobod

An Electronic Arts server was hacked and used to host a phishing site targeting Apple ID holders, according to internet security firm Netcraft. The site has since been pulled down and EA has told various news sites that it is "investigating" the report. Netcraft security expert Paul Mutton posted on the company's blog that the …

Do NOT adjust your set, viewers: UK server sales are GROWING

There was some welcome respite for hard pressed server box pedlars during Q1 as private and public sector organisations queued up to spend again, bringing to a close several quarters of declining market revenues. The latest numbers from IDC show the UK generated server sales of $420m (£250.7m) in the first quarter of 2014, up …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2014
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Server vendors lovingly dress Intel's latest Xeon in memory jewels

Intel has released its top-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7 v2 series, and with it the world's server makers have hurried a set of gleaming chassis out the door. As with any server launch, the processor here is the star – and with the Xeon E7 v2 going up to 15 cores and allowing access to up to 6TB of memory, it's set to be a red …
Jack Clark, 19 Feb 2014

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014
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IBM renews attempts to offload server biz: report

IBM is trying to offload its “low-end” server business, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal's report suggests Dell hasn't turned up its nose in disgust at the idea of buying Big Blue's server unit and that Lenovo could also be sniffing around. IBM's motivation for selling off low end servers is not clear, nor is …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014

AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

AMD will give the first public demo of its second-generation Opteron X-Series server processor, code-named "Berlin", at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday. The company tells The Reg that the demo will consist of X2100 Series Opteron running a Linux environment based on the Fedora Project. Berlin is not one of your …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014

Dell inks OEM deal with Nutanix to build mutant server, storage, networking beasts

Dell has announced it will begin supplying a converged server, storage and networking appliance using Nutanix software. Nutanix is one of several startups making waves in the converged system space. Such systems are simpler to acquire, install and operate as they use integrated hardware and software components designed to …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jun 2014
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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

Sharp-eyed blogger Kevin Houston has spotted a Microsoft attempt to patent a “Tray and Chassis Blade Server Architecture”. The patent, published last December, offers a chassis design that assumes blades – storage, compute, network switch and hybrid blades all get a mention – will reside in trays and be inserted horizontally. …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
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Watch out! KILLER HP firmware update bricks ProLiant server mobos

HP has warned customers that one of its firmware updates can accidentally brick the network hardware in 100 ProLiant Server models. The Service Pack for ProLiant 2014.02.0 can potentially murder HP Broadcom-based network adapters in G2 to G7-series machines. A server relying on a dead NIC is not much use at all – and may well …
Paul Kunert, 25 Apr 2014
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Tough times in the server market, even though more iron moved in '13

The market dynamics were all wrong for folk building and supplying server boxes in 2013 - in the year that shipments reached a record nine million milestone, factory revenues tumbled. IDC is the second beancountery in as many days to publish less than flattering stats, with unit sales rising 3.2 per cent on calendar '12 but the …
Paul Kunert, 27 Feb 2014
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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

Amazon has released a new class of virtualized, rentable servers that make more RAM available than systems from rivals like Google and Microsoft. The "R3" memory-optimized servers became available on Thursday following their announcement at the Amazon Web Services summit in late March. "R3 instances are recommended for …
Jack Clark, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft closing in on Apache's web server crown

50 million more of the world's web servers started to run Microsoft's internet information server (IIS) during February, according to Netcraft. The server-counter's data for the month offers the following view of the world's web servers. Developer January 2014 Percent February 2014 Percent Change Apache 358,669,012 41.64 …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2014

'25,000 Windows Server 2003 boxes' must be upgraded A DAY to meet OS support death date

About 11 million systems are running Windows Server 2003, according to HP estimates – some 438 days before Microsoft pulls down the shutters on support for the OS. That means more than 25,000 systems a day, starting right now, need to be upgraded to continue receiving crucial updates past the cutoff date, assuming HP's …
Paul Kunert, 02 May 2014
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A server bonanza is for Christmas, not for life: Xmas boost hides slump

One sequential bounce in EMEA server shipments and revenues doesn't a recovery make, but last year's Chrimbo quarter may have cheered hard-pressed suppliers, judging by the figures. The latest IDC data shows some 606,000 systems were sold across the region in the final three months of 2013, up 13.2 per cent on the previous …
Paul Kunert, 19 Mar 2014
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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

Microsoft made a stack of announcements last week and you could be excused for thinking they were all about Windows 8, Windows Phone and “universal apps”. But Redmond also made a few handy tweaks to Windows Server 2012 R2. It's easy to see why the Windows Server changes have been largely ignored. And I do mean see: here's the …
Adam Fowler, 06 Apr 2014

OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

Microsoft has fixed a snafu with Windows Defender that took down thousands of business PCs and servers running Windows XP and Server 2003. The software giant responded to sysadmins complaining on TechNet that large numbers of their machines were borked after they’d installed Microsoft’s latest set of antivirus definitions. Once …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Apr 2014
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Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel's cash inside

Server SAN software startup Maxta has gained $25m in a B-round of funding led by Intel's investment arm and Tenaya Capital just as the software-defined and converged storage trends are taking off. The upstart swallowed $10m in an A-round in October last year. With converged compute/storage hardware-software competitors Nutanix …
Chris Mellor, 08 May 2014

Start packing your bags for a Windows Server 2003 migration

Windows Server 2003 is due to reach the end of its life in July next year. Microsoft will no longer support the software, which means no further patches or security updates and a security risk and compliance headache for businesses. A surprising number of companies will be affected unless they get their act together and prepare …
Eira Hayward, 04 Jul 2014

Forget selfies. 'Server SAN' is storage world's 2014 TWERKNADO

The Wikibon consultancy says a developing Server SAN form of storage needs to be tracked by IT people. The authors bring together the concepts of virtual SANs and converged server/storage hardware and software systems with a server SAN being a collection of servers whose direct-attached storage (DAS) is virtualised by software …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2014
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Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2: Quick start guide for sysadmins

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now officially available. New shiny toys for the kids, but how does a sysadmin license these new products? This post assumes you're already up and running with Windows 8 and Server 2012, but I'll quickly go over the basic requirements: You'll need to obtain your Server Key Management …
Adam Fowler, 18 Oct 2013
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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

US regulators have given the thumbs-up to IBM's sale of its x86-based System x server business to China's Lenovo, Big Blue announced on Friday. "The approval of the $2.3 billion sale to Lenovo enables IBM to focus on system and software innovations that bring new kinds of value to IBM clients in areas such as cognitive computing …
Neil McAllister, 16 Aug 2014
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Microsoft's Nadella: SQL Server 2014 means we're all about data

Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella made his third trip in as many weeks to San Francisco to announce the third piece in the puzzle that's Microsoft's future strategy: it's all going to be about data, he said. Nadella It's all about the data "The era of ambient intelligence has begun, and we are delivering a platform that …
Iain Thomson, 15 Apr 2014
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Meet Microsoft's latest Windows Server reseller – come on down, Google

Google is going to serve up Microsoft Windows in virtual machines on its Compute Engine service as the web giant hopes to dethrone Amazon as the king of the cloud. Support for the operating system was announced by Google on Tuesday at its Cloud Platform event in San Francisco: the search king will make Windows Server 2008 R2 …
Jack Clark, 25 Mar 2014